The Disability Discrimination Act of 2005

Updated February 21, 2017

The Disability Discrimination Act of 2005 was passed in April of that year by the United Kingdom's Parliament, becoming law that December. The act is an update to the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995.

Disabled Status

The biggest change established by the act is the determination of when a person is recognised as disabled. People with multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS now are recognised as disabled upon diagnosis instead of when they no longer are able to function normally.


The updated act extended non-discrimination provisions imposed on public authorities, such as police officer, requiring them to treat disabled people like the able-bodied.

Accessibilty Laws

Many changes imposed by the 2005 act did not take effect until December 2006. This includes making the owners and operators of land-based transit vehicles, rental properties and clubs containing at least 25 members provide accessibility for the disabled.

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